As the peak industry body, AGHA is committed to provide the support and industry resources your business needs to thrive. When we receive relevant resources, interesting articles or businesses knowledge to share, we will share them with you here.
Below you will find the latest resources to support your business during the COVID-19 crisis, as well as information on the grants available for those businesses who were impacted by the recent bushfires.
You will also find some great free resources from key industry experts Jen Bishop and Emily Osmond. We hope you find something to inspire you and your business. When we receive relevant resources, interesting articles or businesses knowledge to share, we will share them with you here.
Australian Chamber of Commerce and Industry (ACCI)
AGHA is a very loyal and active Member of the Australian Chamber of Commerce and Industry, (ACCI) together with state-based business chambers across Australia. ACCI is the collective voice for over 300 industry associations and has direct and powerful links into all levels of Government. In the wake of COVID-19, ACCI have provided useful information guides which you can view below:
General COVID-19 Resources:
Read the Health Headline Measures Fact Sheet – March 27 here.
Read the Economic Update – March 27 here.
Read the COVID-19 Business Conditions Survey Report here.
Read the COVID-19 Government Assistance Guide – April 28 here.
Read the Headline Measures Fact Sheet – April 28 here.
Read the Headline Health Measures Fact Sheet – May 5 here.
Read the Headline Health Measures Fact Sheet – May 12 here.
COVID-19 Employer Guides:
JobKeeper Information Guide for Employers:
Read the JobKeeper Employer Guide – Edition 2, April 2 here.
Read the JobKeeper Employer Guide – Edition 3, April 9 here.
Read the JobKeeper Employer Guide – Edition 5, April 20 here.
Read the JobKeeper 2.0 Employment Guide – Edition 2, August here.
Australian Government: COVID-19
Here you will find resources and updates from the Australian Government regarding COVID-19.
An update on COVID-19 Measures – April 16.
Scott Morrison National Press Conference Transcript – April 16.
Scott Morrison 7:30 Interview Transcript – April 16.
Josh Frydenberg Sky News Interview Transcript – April 16.
Scott Morrison Nation Press Conference Transcript – April 21.
An update on COVID-19 Measures – April 21.
Scott Morrison Interview with Ben Fordham Transcript 2GB – April 24.
COVIDSafe App Media Release – April 26.
COVIDSafe App FAQ’s.
COVID-19 Business Planning Tool.
The Economic Impact of COVID-19 Statement by Josh Frydenberg – 12 May.
Roadmap to a COVIDSafe Australia – Edition 22, August 7.
Income Support for Individuals Fact Sheet
Payments to Support Households Fact Sheet
Cash Flow Assistance for Businesses Fact Sheet
Temporary Relief for Financially Distressed Businesses Fact Sheet
Support for Business Investment Fact Sheet
Supporting Businesses to Retain Jobs FactSheet – March 30
JobKeeper Payment: Information for Employees – March 30
JobKeeper Payment: Information for Employers – March 30
Extension of the JobKeeper Payment – July 21
The JobKeeper Payment – Three Month Review
JobKeeper Support and Income Support Extended: Joint Media Statement – July 21
Extension of Additional Income Support for Individuals – July 21
Delivering Support for Business Investment – July 21
Australian Tax Office:
Victorian State Government:
Chamber of Commerce and Industry Queensland (CCIQ):
Australian Competition & Consumer Commission:
Fair Work Commission:
Hunt & Hunt Lawyers
AGHA Business Partner Hunt & Hunt Lawyers have shared fact sheets discussing the topic of both retail and commercial leases in the wake of COVID-19. See more below:
COVID-19 & Commercial Leases – Victorian Regulations.
Retail & Commercial Leases in a COVID-19 World.
Mandatory Industry Code: Commercial Leases.
Requirements for JobKeeper Enabling Directions & Agreements.
AGHA Business Partner, Workforce Guardian have made available the below videos to support you understand both the Federal Government’s JobKeeper subsidy as well as the process you are required to follow when temporarily standing down employees during COVID-19. AGHA Members can also access a free Workforce Guardian hotline service and other discounted services.
In the below video, Sean Wilson CEO of Workforce Guardian discusses the new JobKeeper subsidy introduced by the Federal Government and answers questions you may have. Click here to watch.
Standing Down Employees Lawfully
If you are planning to temporarily stand down some of your employees as a result of the impacts from COVID-19, it’s very important that you do so lawfully, or you could be held liable for employee claims to recover unpaid wages in the future. In this video, Sean Wilson CEO of Workforce Guardian talks about three key factors you need to take into account before making any decisions. Click here to watch.
Workforce Guardian provide AGHA Members with free access to their HR advice hotline, as well as a 25% rebate on your first year of any Workforce Guardian HR Software subscription paid up front. For more information on these member only offers, click here. Alternatively, if you are not an AGHA Member, you can here and take advantage of these offers by joining here.
Service NSW – Business Grants & Loans
If your business is based in NSW and has been affected by the recent bushfires, find details of the assistance available from our industry partner Service NSW below.
If you have a question or would like further information please contact Antony D’Cruz, Regional Engagement Manager, Service NSW via email at Antony.firstname.lastname@example.org
Read the Interiors Addict Blog & e-Book
Former journalist and magazine editor Jen Bishop is the original Interiors Addict. An ordinary girl with no design qualifications, just a serious passion for everything interior design.
What started as a hobby, Interiors Addict has been Jen’s full-time job for over seven years and attracts over 100,000 unique readers each month and has an Instagram following of over 90,000. Jen believes that everyone should be proud of their living space, regardless of budget and whether you own or rent. Download Jen’s free interior design e-book below!
Listen to The Emily Osmond Show
Emily Osmond is a marketing expert who through her online Program, The Modern Marketing Collective and her podcast The Emily Osmond Show, teaches business owners how to improve their businesses online presence in today’s digital landscape.
An Apple “New & Noteworthy” featured podcast and one of the top new marketing podcasts being listened to across Australia, you can listen to a new episode every Tuesday, with a combination of guest interviews and quick tips.
To listen on either Spotify or Apple Podcasts click one of the links below or check out Emily’s website here. Plus, you can listen to a special episode of The Emily Osmond Show sponsored by AGHA here, as Emily chats with Jen Bishop and learns how Jen got started in the business and the lessons she has learnt along the way.
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